How to Remove Stains from Stone Countertops

There’s nothing quite like the look of natural stone countertops.  They adorn millions of kitchens and baths throughout the world!  However, natural stone is a porous material so dealing with stains can be a major pain.  Check out this Fix It in 15:00 to see Lou’s remedy to cure your countertop ailments:

It’s all about the poultice.  What’s that you may ask?  Well, a poultice is a paste and the theory is that by applying the paste to the stain you can “wick away” or draw out the stain.  You’re going to look for something called marble poultice in the hardware store and proceed with the following steps:

  • Add water (as directed) to the poultice powder in a separate container and mix together with a paint stirring stick or similar applicator, mixing to a consistency similar to pancake batter
  • Apply the poultice or paste directly over the stain on the stone countertop, working it to cover the entire area of the stain
  • Cover the paste with some plastic wrap
  • Using painters tape, affix the plastic wrap to the surface
  • Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap where it meets the paste to allow air in
  • Let the poultice sit overnight and the next day, remove the tape, plastic wrap and scrape away the paste with a putty knife or wooden spoon

There’s nothing quite like the look of natural stone countertops.  They adorn millions of kitchens and baths throughout the world!  However, natural stone is a porous material so dealing with stains can be a major pain.  Check out this Fix It in 15:00 to see Lou’s remedy to cure your countertop ailments:

It’s all about the poultice.  What’s that you may ask?  Well, a poultice is a paste and the theory is that by applying the paste to the stain you can “wick away” or draw out the stain.  You’re going to look for something called marble poultice in the hardware store and proceed with the following steps:

  • Add water (as directed) to the poultice powder in a separate container and mix together with a paint stirring stick or similar applicator, mixing to a consistency similar to pancake batter
  • Apply the poultice or paste directly over the stain on the stone countertop, working it to cover the entire area of the stain
  • Cover the paste with some plastic wrap
  • Using painters tape, affix the plastic wrap to the surface
  • Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap where it meets the paste to allow air in
  • Let the poultice sit overnight and the next day, remove the tape, plastic wrap and scrape away the paste with a putty knife or wooden spoon